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Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
The Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park is one of those unique beautiful outback destinations, accessible from along the Oodnadatta Track.

The park is home to a number of mound springs, most notable are The Bubbler, Blanche Cup and the now extinct Hamilton Hill spring.

Part of the Lake Eyre supergroup of springs, the 'mound springs' in this conservation park provide a excellent example of these types of springs and the associated flora and fauna.

Aboriginal Dreamtime
The Oodnadatta Track follows an old Aboriginal trading route, who passed through this semi arid desert country by following the 'springs'. The springs in the area were extremely important to the Aboriginal groups of this region for both water and as places of spiritual significance. All through this area, there are dreamings and one of the stories for these springs goes something like this:

The Kuyani ancestor Kakakutanha followed the trail of the rainbow serpent Kanmari to Bidalinha (or the Bubbler) where he killed it. He then threw away the snake's head, which is represented by Hamilton Hill, and cooked the body in an over-Dirga, which is now Blanche Cup. Kakakutanha's wife, angry at missing out on the best meat from the snake, cursed her husband and he went on to meet a gruesome death at Kudna-ngampa (Curdimurka). The bubbling water represents the convulsions of the dying serpent.1

In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the regional / local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park Attractions

Aboriginal Dreamtime
• There is an Aboriginal dreaming story that tells of an ancestral snake caught and killed at The Bubbler. The bubbling, writhing water tells of this dying.

The Oodnadatta Track crosses the traditional lands of three Aboriginal groups. The track follows the path of ancient Aboriginal trade routes, where traders travelled from one spring to another, carrying materials from the Flinders Ranges deep into central Australia and back. It is a path that was well travelled, with the knowledge of these springs passed down through many generations of Aboriginal people, since ancient times. The knowledge of these springs are deeply engrained in Aboriginal culture, remembered through ceremonies and dreamtime stories, that ensured their survival down through the ages.
Mound Springs
• Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park encompasses a number of mound springs including: Blanche Cup, The Bubbler, Little Bubbler, Jersey Spring, Elizabeth Spring, Horse Spring, Buttercup Spring, Mount Hamilton Spring.
Flora and Fauna
Each mound spring is a mini eco system, whose aquatic life is usually isolated from other springs, resulting in some aquatic creatures evolving differently to those in other mound springs. Some of the wildlife to be discovered include the desert goby fish, a number of species of pinhead size aquatic snails, some slater-like isopod and shrimp-like isopods.

Larger wildlife including birds and reptiles can also be seen in the region, the largest being the Gould's Goanna.

There are a variety of plant life, that also survive in the region, many relying on the water from the spring. Where the mound water has a run-off, a mini wetland is created.

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Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park Images

Wabma Kkadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park is one of the unique and interesting locations along the Oodnadatta Track. More information and images can be seen on our Snapshots of Australia - The Oodnadatta Track
Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park Walkway to the mound springs - Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park Runoff from the mound springs forming a wetland environment
Blanche Cup with Hamilton Hill in the background Blanche Cup in Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park Desert Goby Fish in the mound spring
Slater-like isopod and dark coloured pinhead size aquatic snails in SA mound springs Shell remains at the Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park Gould's Goanna (Varanus gouldii - V g flavirufus) near Blanche Cup in Wabma Kadarbu Mound Springs Conservation Park
 
 

Source:
1 The South Australian Tourism Commission, South Australia. The Oodnadatta Track - String of Springs (PDF). Retrieved August 1, 2012
 
 
 
 
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